The Board of Directors of the Clearfield County Conservation District will award a scholarship from the W.G. "Turk" Jones Memorial Trust Fund and The Claude Schickling Foundation to students in an environmental field relating to conservation, forestry, or agriculture once a year. The 2017 round is currently open with applications due by February 28, 2017.
The W.G. "Turk" Jones Memorial Trust was established in 1982 in memory of Conservation District Director W.G. "Turk" Jones. Mr. Jones was often referred to as a modern day "Johnny Apple Seed" because he devoted much of his life to planting trees on strip-mined spoil banks. He won state and national recognition as well as the gratitude of his fellow citizens for his conservation practices and leadership. Donations from area individuals and businesses have made this scholarship possible.
The Claude Schickling Foundation was started in 1999 in honor of Mr. Claude Schickling. Mr Schickling was the driving force in forming the Clearfield County Conservation District in 1963 where he also served as a former Associate Director. Mr. Schickling was the former owner of the Pine Grove Nursery, which is currently owned and operated by his grandson Rick. Pine Grove Nursery devotes much of its 100 acres to planting and nurturing seedlings into beautiful trees.
The scholarship is open to any student presently enrolled in a post secondary institution or college in an environmental field relating to conservation, forestry, or agriculture
Students must be a resident of Clearfield County
The application must be returned to the Conservation District by February 28, 2017
Must include a short essay, no longer than 2 pages in length, explaining their choice for entering an environmentally related field of study and your reason for deserving the scholarship